Meeting the team at Good Sammy Enterprises in Canning Vale.
Meeting the team at Good Sammy Enterprises in Canning Vale.

An uplifting visit to Good Sammy Enterprises, and swearing-in Supreme Court Justice Fiona Seaward

An uplifting visit to Good Sammy Enterprises

As a new patron of iconic Western Australian disability employment and training social enterprise Good Sammy, the Governor and Mrs Dawson this morning toured their Canning Vale recycling warehouse and met some of the amazing people involved in their diverse operations.

Founded in 1958 to provide employment and training opportunities for people with disability, Good Sammy’s workforce continues to grow and now comprises of more than 300 people with disability (more than 50% of the total Good Sammy workforce).

Good Sammy is an inclusive employer and strives to provide people of varying skills and abilities with personalised training and employment opportunities. It’s central to everything they do, as they believe creating inclusive workplaces is the foundation for an inclusive society.

Beyond supporting their employees to achieve their employment and training goals, Good Sammy is also strongly focussed on sustainable operations. They process more than 7 million kilos of donations every year! Recently, Good Sammy partnered with another local social enterprise to recycle used and unwanted high vis workwear and divert it from landfill.

Good Sammy also manages 21 Containers for Change refund points across the state, which are proudly staffed by Good Sammy employees with disability.

The Governor swearing-in Ms Fiona Seaward SC as a Judge of the Supreme Court

Appointment of Ms Fiona Seaward SC as a Judge of the Supreme Court

This afternoon the Governor appointed Ms Fiona Seaward SC a Judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

Justice Seaward is a highly experienced legal practitioner having served the State Solicitor’s Office in various capacities for almost 22 years. Her Honour was admitted to practice in Western Australia on 2 February 2001 and was admitted to the High Court of Australia in the same year.

Justice Seaward, who will commence on 7 March 2023, brings to the Court over two decades of legal experience in a wide range of matters, including administrative law, land compensation, mining, and general civil litigation. She has practised extensively in constitutional law, appearing in a number of significant cases in the High Court of Australia.

Chief Justice Peter Quinlan attended the swearing-in ceremony this afternoon, and has said in support of the appointment:

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Justice Seaward to the Court and her family to the community of the Court.” 

“Justice Seaward has a strong reputation for legal excellence and a distinguished record of service to the community. We are fortunate to have her join us in our work and look forward to working with her Honour in in her continuing service to the community and to the administration of justice,” Chief Justice Quinlan said. 

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